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United Nations iLibrary (UN iLibrary) - Trial Database
The UN iLibrary is a new database that provides a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.
The UW Libraries currently have access to a trial version of the database and are considering subscribing to the resource once the trial period ends. Send comments and feedback to Kian Flynn, email@example.com.
The United Nations (UN) was founded after WWII by 51 countries "committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights." The UN's activities include:
- Conflict Prevention
- Humanitarian Assistance
The UN and its affiliated organizations are also involved in:
- Promoting human rights and gender equality and the advancement of women
- Protecting the environment
- Fighting disease--especially AIDS
- Reducing poverty
- Defining standards for safe and efficient air travel
- Improving telecommunications
- Enhancing consumer protections
- Campaigns agains drug trafficking and terrorism
- Assisting refugees
- Clearing landmines
- Expanding food production
United Nations Research Guides
"The UN Documentation Research Guide presents an overview of selected UN documents, publications, databases and websites. It provides details on the patterns of documentation of the active principal UN organs. It presents documentation of the organs and subsidiary bodies involved in areas of interest to many researchers."
Alphabetical and topical lists of United Nations databases and reference works
A - Z list. "This guide provides an overview of the wide variety of information and documentation resources made available by various entities across the United Nations System."
Search and download data from UN statistical databases. Useful features include country profiles, advanced searching, and glossaries. Databases are organized by theme (Crime, HIV/AIDS, Population, Tourism...).
United Nations Statistical Commission
Compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems, as well as facilitating the coordination of international statistical activities and supporting the functioning of the UN Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system.
INDEX to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications from 1945-present. [Some FULL TEXT]
United Nations Digital Library
The Digital Library provides access to UN-produced content including UN documents and publications and information about UN materials in our collections (metadata). More info about scope of the UNDL can be found here
Broad based source for a wide variety of UN documents.
Official Document Service of the United Nations - ODS
FULL TEXT of UN documents.
All types of of official UN documentation from 1993-present (older documents are added daily). Resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946-present. Press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information are not available. [FULL TEXT]
Dag Hammarskjöld Library
The official UN Library website; use for access to UN databases, Research Guides, and Documentation Research Guides.
League of Nations
A selection of digitized documents from the League of Nations, a precursor organization to the UN and the first worldwide intergovernmental organization.
Statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce on an annual basis. Special topics issues include economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing, ethnicity and language, among others. Collection from national statistical authorities from 1948-present.
Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General
Information on treaty actions (signatures, ratifications, accessions, denunciations, miscellaneous notifications, reservations, declarations and objections) undertaken relating to the multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General covered up to April 1, 2009.
UNESCO Statistical Yearbook
A comprehensive collection of international data
in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and communication.
United Nations Chronicle, United Nations
Reports on issues including human rights, economic development, health, refugees, peacekeeping, regional issues, as well as programs and activities of the UN.
Yearbook of the United Nations
Provides a detailed overview of the UN's activities; fully indexed and includes all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions from 1945-2005. [FULL TEXT]
United Nations Proceedings in Print
Official Records of the General Assembly
1946-present; includes records of meetings [including plenary meetings], annexes to those records, supplements, certain documents specifically identified as Official Records, the List of Delegations and the Check List of Documents
Suggested links for background information on the UN, as well as links for beginning your UN related research.